09 September, 2009

The Answer

It can be hard responding to the "I know you are but what am I?" crowd. You know the ones. They get this smug little smile when we call them a fatheaded bunch of raving lunatics and say, "Well, you hated Bush." Like that's somehow equivalent. It's like comparing our mauling by mountain lions to their nip from an elderly housecat. Anyone with one functioning neuron should be able to see the difference.

I've never come up with a snappy comeback. The best I've managed is "Are you completely retarded or just really special?" Alas, that is an insult to mentally challenged people, and it doesn't really get the point across anyway.

That's why I'm glad Heather at Crooks and Liars finally put it all into reasonably brief words for me:
In Matthew Dowd's world, the left being upset about being lied into war, the spying, the torture, stolen elections, using 9-11 to scare the crap out of the American public, tax breaks for the rich who don't need it, using the Department of Justice as a political arm of the White House and getting a Governor thrown into jail, outing a CIA agent because her husband dared to speak out against Dick Cheney, putting industry hacks in charge of every government oversight agency, and I could go on but I'll stop... being upset about those things is exactly the same as the right wing freaking out over a speech given to school children by President Obama. I don't think so.


Woozle said...

My response has always been "Well, there are, y'know, actual reasons for being extremely upset with Bush."

Having a quick list at hand is even better.

Cujo359 said...

Another possible response is "Are naturally oblivious, or was there a rigorous course of training involved?"

The mentally retarded are usually far more self-actualized than these people.

Cujo359 said...

I've tried variations of that response, Woozle. The usual retort involves similar logic - Clinton's getting a BJ in the Oval Office == Getting into a useless war, etc. Still, people who are just watching might learn something.